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Steelworkers to rally for wages, benefits

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With a Sept. 1 deadline looming for notching a new three-year labor deal with two of the country's top steelmakers, the United Steelworkers union is organizing a "week of action for fair contracts."

The 30,000 workers whose wages and benefits are being hashed out this summer in Pittsburgh hotel rooms will rally at a dozen or so sites run by U.S. Steel Corp. and ArcelorMittal USA LLC.

Both workers and the companies are struggling. Steel prices in the U.S. have tumbled more than 20% since Jan. 1 because of inexpensive imports, a sluggish economy and the collapse of oil prices that has hurt demand for steel pipes and tubes used in oil and gas drilling. Both companies have closed plants and laid off workers. U.S. Steel lost $261 million in the second quarter.

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"They want us to give concessions, yet they make millions," said a worker at a U.S. Steel facility, who declined to be identified for fear of losing his job. "So, yes, people are upset when you hear they want us to pay for insurance, change vacation structure and so forth."



http://www.marketwatch.com/story/steelworkers-to-rally-for-wages-benefits-2015-08-15

Weekly Address: Continuing Work To Improve Community Policing

Source: White House

In this week's address, the President spoke about the work the Administration is doing to enhance trust between communities and law enforcement in the year since the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson. In May, the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing released their final report setting out concrete proposals to build trust and enhance public safety. And across America local leaders are working to put these ideas into action in their communities. The President noted that while progress is being made, these issues go beyond policing, which is why the Administration is committed to achieving broader reforms to the criminal justice system and to making new investments in our children and their future.





Read more: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2015/08/15/weekly-address-continuing-work-improve-community-policing



It’s now been a year since the tragic death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. His death—along with the events in Cleveland, Staten Island, Baltimore, Cincinnati, and other communities—sparked protests and soul searching all across our country. Over the past year, we’ve come to see, more clearly than ever, the frustration in many communities of color and the feeling that our laws can be applied unevenly.

After Ferguson, I said that we had to face these issues squarely. I convened a task force on community policing to find commonsense steps that can help us drive down crime and build up trust and cooperation between communities and police, who put their lives on the line every single day to help keep us safe. And I’ve met personally with rank and file officers to hear their ideas.

In May, this task force made up of police officers, activists and academics proposed 59 recommendations – everything from how we can make better use of data and technology, to how we train police officers, to how law enforcement engages with our schools. And we’ve been working with communities across America to put these ideas into action.

Dozens of police departments are now sharing more data with the public, including on citations, stops and searches, and shootings involving law enforcement. We’ve brought together leaders from across the country to explore alternatives to incarceration. The Justice Department has begun pilot programs to help police use body cameras and collect data on the use of force. This fall, the department will award more than $160 million in grants to support law enforcement and community organizations that are working to improve policing. And all across the country – from states like Illinois and Ohio, to cities like Philadelphia, Boston, and Nashville – local leaders are working to implement the task force recommendations in a way that works for their communities.

So we’ve made progress. And we’ll keep at it. But let’s be clear: the issues raised over the past year aren’t new, and they won’t be solved by policing alone. We simply can’t ask our police to contain and control issues that the rest of us aren’t willing to address—as a society. That starts with reforming a criminal justice system that too often is a pipeline from inadequate schools to overcrowded jails, wreaking havoc on communities and families all across the country. So we need Congress to reform our federal sentencing laws for non-violent drug offenders. We need to keep working to help more prisoners take steps to turn their lives around so they can contribute to their communities after they’ve served their time.

More broadly, we need to truly invest in our children and our communities so that more young people see a better path for their lives. That means investing in early childhood education, job training, pathways to college. It means dealing honestly with issues of race, poverty, and class that leave too many communities feeling isolated and segregated from greater opportunity. It means expanding that opportunity to every American willing to work for it, no matter what zip code they were born into.

Because, in the end, that’s always been the promise of America. And that’s what I’ll keep working for every single day that I’m President. Thanks everybody, and have a great weekend.

https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2015/08/15/weekly-address-continuing-work-improve-community-policing

Bernie Sanders to Visit Nevada

U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders on Tuesday will travel to Las Vegas, Nevada, where he will hold a press availability following a speech at the 59th Annual Nevada State AFL-CIO Constitutional Convention. The Democratic Party presidential candidate will hold a rally at the University of Nevada, Reno later that night.

Here is the itinerary:

TUESDAY, AUGUST 18
1:15 P.M.
Press Availability, Luxor Hotel and Casino, 3900 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Nile Chamber B, Las Vegas
Please note: The 59th Annual Nevada State AFL-CIO Constitutional Convention is CLOSED PRESS.
Registration for the availability can be found here.

7 P.M.
Reno Rally, University of Nevada, Reno, Joe Crowley Student Union, Gateway Plaza, 1664 N. Virginia St., Reno
Press registration can be found here.
Information for the public: Gates open at 6 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. Admission is first come, first served. Tickets are not required, but an RSVP is strongly encouraged.

https://berniesanders.com/press-release/sanders-to-visit-nevada/

Bernie Sanders Shifts to Bigger Dubuque Venue

AUGUST 14, 2015
https://berniesanders.com/press-release/sanders-shifts-bigger-dubuque-venue/

BURLINGTON, Vt. – With turnout projections mounting, U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders’ campaign has shifted the location of Sunday’s town meeting in Dubuque, Iowa, to the Loras College Athletic and Wellness Center.

Here is the up dated itinerary:

FRIDAY, AUGUST 14
6 P.M.
Iowa Democratic Wing Ding, Surf Ballroom & Museum, 460 N. Shore Drive, Clear Lake

SATURDAY, AUGUST 15
10:30 A.M.
Boone Town Meeting, Boone County Fairgrounds, Community Building, 1601 Industrial Park Road, Boone
The event is free and open to the public. Admission is first come, first served. Tickets are not required, but an RSVP is strongly encouraged.

2 P.M.
Iowa State Fair Soapbox, Iowa State Fairgrounds, 3000 East Grand Avenue, Des Moines
Credential guidelines can be found here.

7 P.M.
Iowa City Field Headquarters Opening, 702 S. Gilbert Street, Iowa City

SUNDAY, AUGUST 16
10:30 A.M.
Cedar Rapids Field Headquarters Opening, 725 11th Street, Marion

1 P.M.
Scott County Democrats Picnic in the Park, Scott County Park, The Whispering Pines Shelter, 18850-270th Street, Eldridge
The event is free and open to the public. Admission is first come, first served. Tickets are not required, but an RSVP is strongly encouraged. Anyone participating in the food portion of the picnic will be asked to contribute $10 to the Scott County Democrats.

3:15 P.M.
Clinton Labor Meeting, IAFF Local 609 Union Hall, 850 28th Avenue N., Clinton
On-site contact: Pete D’Alessandro, pete@berniesanders.com, (708) 280-7911

6 P.M.
Dubuque Town Meeting,Loras College Athletic and Wellness Center, 1600 Cox Street, Dubuque
The event is free and open to the public. Admission is first come, first served. Tickets are not required, but an RSVP is strongly encouraged.

OMG:Jeb Bush says Paul Wolfowitz is a foreign-policy adviser

Jeb Bush on Friday identified Paul Wolfowitz, one of the architects of the Iraq war, as one of his foreign-policy advisers.

The comment came as the former Florida governor was answering questions at the Iowa State Fair. The question wasn’t audible, but Bush’s reply was.

“Paul Wolfowitz is providing some advice,” he said. “I get most of my advice from a team we have in Miami, Fla.” Wolfowitz had been reported to have been an adviser to Bush, but this is believed to be the first time the Republican presidential candidate spelled that out.


Bush did explain the challenges he has in crafting his own reputation for foreign policy with the team of advisers he has.

http://www.marketwatch.com/story/jeb-bush-says-paul-wolfowitz-is-a-foreign-policy-adviser-2015-08-14

Rachel Maddow:Sen. Sanders' consistency


Sec. of State John Kerry (some pics)


Pleased to be in #Havana for historic day @USEmbCuba. Incredible: last time #SecState visited #Cuba, FDR was @POTUS.




These Marines have an amazing story. Proud they’ll join me for @USEmbCuba reopening
https://twitter.com/JohnKerry



http://www.bostonherald.com/news_opinion/international/americas/2015/08/kerry_in_cuba_as_flag_raised_over_us_embassy


House Democrats @RepMcGovern @RepBarbaraLee & @RepKarenBass in Havana for re-opening of U.S. Embassy in #Cuba
https://twitter.com/RepBarbaraLee

The U.S. Re-Opens Our Embassy in Havana, Cuba

Guardian Link To John Kerry live

http://www.theguardian.com/world/live/2015/aug/14/us-embassy-cuba-reopens-flag-raising
thanks msnbc for cutting him off to talk

Congressman Jim Himes statement on support for Iran nuclear deal(Connecticut)

Source: Congressman Jim Himes

Aug 13, 2015

Since the international community agreed four weeks ago on a Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) to prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon, I have spent many hours evaluating it and consulting with my constituents, technical experts, security officials and diplomats from around the world. As a member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, I have reviewed classified intelligence and our capabilities for monitoring compliance with the JCPOA. After careful thought, I have decided to support the JCPOA.

There are no perfect answers or easy solutions in the Middle East - only choices with varying levels of risk associated with them. International agreements with one's foes are as fraught with potential pitfalls as they are with opportunity. The Iranian regime has shown itself to be untrustworthy and destabilizing. It is today a nuclear threshold state. The JCPOA offers something that no other alternative offers: the strong possibility of at least a 15 year period in which there is little or no risk that we are surprised by the test of an Iranian nuclear weapon. That possibility is a considerable improvement over the status quo.

Critics of the JCPOA raise a number of fair objections that deserve careful consideration. I have met twice with Israeli Ambassador Ron Dermer to hear these objections at length. But the critics' predictions for how Iran will behave in 15 years are no more substantiated than other predictions for what the Middle East may look like in the future. Despite weeks of consideration, I do not agree that walking away from our own painstakingly negotiated deal would lead to anything other than the crumbling of hard-won international unity, the lifting of sanctions, an uncertain Iranian response, and an increased probability of an imminently nuclear Iran.

Over the course of my public service I have watched with great sadness the hundreds of billions of dollars spent and the thousands of lives lost to achieve chaotic outcomes whenever we have forsaken diplomacy in the dangerous crescent from Libya to Iraq to Afghanistan. Though not without risk, the JCPOA offers the possibility of a different and better outcome for the United States, Israel, and the rest of the world.

Read more: https://himes.house.gov/press-release/congressman-jim-himes-statement-support-iran-nuclear-deal

Updated from Bernie's site: Bernie Sanders’ South Carolina campaign stops formalized

AUGUST 13, 2015
U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders on Thursday announced plans for a two-day swing through South Carolina. An August 21 rally in Greenville kicks off the trip, which also includes stops in Columbia, Sumter and Charleston.

Here is the itinerary:

FRIDAY, AUGUST 21
11 A.M.
Greenville Rally, TD Convention Center, 1 Exposition Drive, Greenville
Press registration can be found here.
Information for the public: Doors open at 10 a.m. The event is free and open to the public. Admission is first come, first served. Tickets are not required, but an RSVP is strongly encouraged.

7 P.M.
Columbia Town Meeting, The Medallion Center, 7309 Garners Ferry Road, Columbia
Press registration can be found here.
Information for the public: Doors open at 6 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. Admission is first come, first served. Tickets are not required, but an RSVP is strongly encouraged.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 22
11 A.M.
Sumter Town Meeting, Sumter County Civic Center, 700 West Liberty Street, Sumter
Press registration can be found here.
Information for the public: Doors open at 10 a.m. The event is free and open to the public. Admission is first come, first served. Tickets are not required, but an RSVP is strongly encouraged.

7 P.M.
Charleston Rally, Burke High School, 244 President Street, Charleston
Press registration can be found here.
Information for the public: Doors open at 6 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. Admission is first come, first served. Tickets are not required, but an RSVP is strongly encouraged.

https://berniesanders.com/press-release/sanders-to-visit-south-carolina/
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